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Farmers2Founders

The Farmers2Founders program helps Australian producers develop the entrepreneurship and technology capabilities required to solve industry challenges and bring new ag-tech and food-tech to market.

Achievements so far

More than 300 producers from all agricultural industries, including red meat, were involved in workshops, masterclasses and online programs during the program’s pilot year (2019).

The Farmers2Founders pilot helped these producers access new tools and build the skills and networks required to advance their businesses. It also increased collaboration between producers, industry and ag-tech and food-tech systems to:

  • address consumer demands for greater transparency, traceability and provenance
  • help producers to directly capture increased value
  • raise awareness of new career pathways in agriculture to attract new talent and retain young producers.

What’s in the pipeline?

As a program partner, MLA supports Farmers2Founders projects that align with the priorities set out in MLA’s Strategic Plan 2025. These include:

  • data and insights – the development of systems, tools and technologies to capture data and improve reporting insights
  • projects that align with MLA’s Carbon Neutral 2030 (CN30) target
  • opportunities that capture value and increase producer profitability through new sources of revenue
  • development of high-value products that maximise carcase utilisation (whether it’s for food or components used in other products).  

Get involved – 2020 bootcamp

Applications are now open for the Farmers2Founders ‘Bootcamp Accelerator’.

What’s the Bootcamp Accelerator?

This six-month business support program is designed to help red meat producers who are establishing off-farm businesses and are looking for resources and support to accelerate growth.

The bootcamp provides funding, tailored resources and expert support to help producers acquire customers, expand into new markets and raise capital if required.

How much of my time will be required?

The 2020 bootcamp program is delivered fully remotely and kicks off with four days of workshops over two weeks. After this, producers are paired with a business coach who they will meet with fortnightly over six months.

When does it start and finish?

The 2020 Bootcamp applications close 21 October, the program commences 23 November 2020 and runs to early June 2021.

Where can I find more information?

The Farmers2Founders Bootcamp Program website more information and details on how to apply.